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Addressing The Elephant: And Why Most Conflicts In Teams Are Invisible

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Conflicts are fascinating. Now, this may be the organisational psychologist in me talking, or the facilitator who senses them in the groups I work with. But the other part of me dreads them. They scare me. They make me anxious.

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Sprint Reviews with Kanban

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“A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution” -- Dustin Hoffman. I’ve always been intrigued by the different ways in which Scrum Teams go about their Sprint Reviews. It isn’t as though I coach a range of techniques, and suggest that teams just pick whatever format they like.

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Input, Output and Outcome

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Many years ago, I questioned myself about what makes a software product successful and what makes it fail. In project management, I observed that even we deliver the project within budget, scope, and time, it still has the jeopardy to be failed when launching into the market.

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Can a Development Team Member Be the Scrum Master?

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“Can a Development Team member be the Scrum Master?”. This is a common question in my Professional Scrum classes. It often comes up early when we are still learning the basics of the Scrum framework.

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Organizing for Customer Centricity

Speaker: Tatyana Mamut

Most companies today say they are “customer centric.” Yet many still make decisions primarily based on competitor threats, technical architecture, or executive opinions. So what sets apart those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk? Join Nextdoor's Head of Product Tatyana Mamut, PhD as she outlines the 7 habits of truly customer-centric companies.

How To Handle Non Functional Requirements (NFRs)

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When working with teams new to Scrum, one of the questions I usually ask is "What are your plans to describe non functional requirements (NFRs)?". Typically the Product Owner already has a good handle on functional requirements (i.e.

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Solving Impediments as a Scrum Team

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TL; DR: Solving Impediments as a Scrum Team. The main message of the retrospective was clear: there are too many interruptions by stakeholders and senior management. The interruptions impeded the flow of work through the team.

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Daily Scrums with Kanban

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“There is also camaraderie in the huddle. They regroup, they focus, they keep the momentum going” -- Everts, Gordon, & Schaupp. Breaking the Huddle”. Scrum provides numerous opportunities for teams to inspect and adapt their progress, including on a daily basis.

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PO Perspective: Team development for the Development Team

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A while ago I was brushing the teeth of my 3 year old son when I thought of something. This little dude can walk, run, talk (A LOT!), climb, undress, etcetera, but somehow every morning and evening I’m brushing his teeth, instead of him doing it himself.

Moving Beyond Velocity

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In my role as an Agile coach and Scrum trainer, I get the chance to talk to a lot of Scrum Masters and teams. When I ask them about what their team is measuring, the most common answers I hear are velocity, story points, and burn-down charts.

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Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

Sprint Planning with Kanban

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"When trying to teach someone a boundary, they learn less from the enforcement of the boundary and more from the way the boundary was established." - Bryant H. McGill.

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Scrum First Principles

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TL; DR: Scrum First Principles. Popularized by Elon Musk, utilizing first principles thinking to solve problems in an innovative, creative, and less biased way has proven popular in the tech community.

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Icebreakers: Absolute Waste Of Time Or Do They Add Value?

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Using icebreakers to open a session is controversial to some people. I have attended many sessions in the past with different icebreakers and have facilitated many myself.

Effective refinement, part I

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In this article we shall investigate how an effective product backlog refinement can be conducted in Scrum. The Scrum Guide defines it as “ an ongoing process in which the Product Owner and the Development Team collaborate on the details of Product Backlog items ”, but doesn’t give many details. .

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What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Open letter to all the people being forced to do Scrum

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I've been thinking about the people who complain about being forced to do Scrum. I agree that forcing self-organizing teams to do something seems counterproductive. However, even in that scenario, there are only a few hard and fast Scrum rules.

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Agile Leadership — A Brief Overview of Concepts and Ideas

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TL; DR: Agile Leadership. I recently started aggregating my notes, links, and references related to agile leadership to understand better what it — in the context of an agile transition — may look like. In the end, becoming agile is not the goal of a transition; surviving as an organization is.

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Kanban/Flow - The Scrum Master's Not-So-Secret Weapon

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We've all seen it. The Scrum Team that goes through the motions, implements all the mechanics of Scrum, and still when we look at what's going on it doesn't feel right. Steve Porter fondly named it Believably Bad Scrum. I call it Scrum Theater. Barry and Christian call it Zombie Scrum.

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Why Every Team Wall Should Have Personas on Them

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As CEO and Product Owner for Scrum.org I get the amazing opportunity to visit lots of different companies. Recently I spent a week in Brazil visiting some amazing companies and talking about agility.

SCRUM 268

The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

Basic dashboards used to be enough to thrill end users. But over time, modern capabilities have emerged—and bare-minimum features are no longer cutting it. How have analytics changed? And where do your BI offerings fall short? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Velocity: Escape this Pitfall

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The map above illustrates a classic problem with the common use of 'velocity' as a metric. It is also a great illustration of the assertion I made in my previous article: A Scrum Team Increases Their Velocity by Doing Less Work.

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The Problem with Scrum Experts

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Recently, I stumbled upon the paper “ Nothing is Written — Learning is an Adventure ” by Johnnie Moore & Viv McWaters. I loved every part of it and felt myself nodding in agreement continuously. When it comes to training & teaching, I fully agree with statements like….

SCRUM 236

What does the Scrum Master do all day?

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. It was 8:59 am on Monday. It is another week which I think is going to be amazing. Last week our company just got another round of investment. The company is now strategizing to scale agility throughout the company. .

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What makes Scrum Masters successful? Insights from a conversation between 30 Scrum Masters

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During a recent meetup of The Liberators Network, we got together with 30 enthusiastic Scrum Masters. Together, we explored what made our success possible.

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Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. This phrase blur is dangerous, as it can pull our attention from what should be our real focus: our our customers' and users' needs. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want. You'll come away understanding: How being customer focused gives you a competitive advantage. Tactics for developing empathy for your users. How to encourage innovation through better customer understanding. September 11th, 2019 11:00AM PDT, 2:00PM EDT, 7:00PM BST

Technical Debt & Scrum: Who Is Responsible?

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TL;DR: Technical Debt & Scrum. If technical debt is the plague of our industry, why isn’t the Scrum Guide addressing the question of who is responsibly dealing with it?

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The Value of Liberating Structures for Scrum Masters

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In August 2018, Scrum.org launched the Professional Scrum Master II class. The intention of this class is to offer the Scrum community an advanced class designed to support Scrum Masters in their professional development.

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Moving Motivators: what really motivates you?

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At a previous work place, we had copies of Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo. The book provides tools and practices that you can apply while managing an organization. We were curious to unpack a couple of the mentioned practices.

Team Building Mental Models

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TL; DR: Team Building Mental Models. Team building has always been a challenge, not just since the advent of agile frameworks and the resulting emphasis on self-organization, engagement, and achieving a valuable objective.

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

My Experience With Growing A Developer Culture

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For years, I’ve fulfilled the role of Scrum Master for many different organizations and Scrum Teams. These teams were mostly focused on software development. I’ve been in the fortunate position of having worked for some great organizations.

5 Ways Scrum Helps Manage Risks

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An organization’s ability to rapidly and deliberately respond to changing demand, while controlling risk helps ascertain its Agility. If practiced in true essence, Scrum helps teams and organizations mitigate risks through its rules. Let’s look into some of these –. Iterative Delivery.

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Cause Change by Learning & Growing Together as Scrum Masters

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Scrum Masters are often understood mostly as “team coaches”. Yet, their role is vastly more important.

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Liberating Structures 4 Scrum: Lessons from a One-Day Immersive Workshop

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TL; DR: The Liberating Structures Immersive Workshop for Scrum. Why run a Liberating Structures immersive workshop? Since the beginning of 2019, the Hands-on Agile meetup in Berlin has been exploring how to apply Liberating Structures to Scrum.

SCRUM 219

Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your embedded analytics. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

28 Product Backlog Anti-Patterns

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TL; DR: 28 Product Backlog Anti-Patterns. Scrum is a simple, yet sufficient framework to build emerging products, provided you identify in advance what is worth building.

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